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Peaches' Beekeeping Blog

September 1, 2019

What Now?

Here it is September, the kids are in school, and the wife & neighbors are working. I’m so lonesome with nothing to do…..Guess What!!! I have great news for you. There is lots of things you can do to while away your time and you won’t have time to be lonesome.

You can repaint you extra boxes. You can even repair some of the boxes that are kinda shakey when you pick them up. You can build some more boxes while the temperature is beginning to cool off during the afternoon and evening. Depending on the type of frames you are using, you could be ordering more frames for replacements, or you could be building some more wooden frames.

Now if you have all your outside work done, you could be researching on the web some of your questions about bees or their pests and diseases. You could also watch videos of different kinds of hives, how to…videos and, of course, you can always read books and magazines about bees.

I would check the hives in the apiaries for weight of hives to determine if they have enough honey to go into the next season. Also on warm days when half of the foragers are gone (forager bees are the ones that sting) to look into the hives to check the health of the colonies.

If at any time I am not making sense to you, make a comment and I will answer in the comments section or will use your question(s) in another blog and give a lengthy answer.

Remember the three rules to take to the apiary each and every time–1) Take your veil and/or bee suit. 2) Take your smoker and fuel. 3) Be sure to take you hive tool. These three things are what you need to open you hive boxes and to protect your body.

I will talk to you later this month.

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